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Your Views: Nairn McDonald’s is in new hands

By Gregor White

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New franchise owner at Nairn McDonald's Iain Fyfe. Picture: Gary Anthony
New franchise owner at Nairn McDonald's Iain Fyfe. Picture: Gary Anthony

Congratulations for a new restaurateur and one reader on how they believe developers should contribute more to the community

Nairn’s McDonald’s is in new hands

Businessman Iain Fyfe has become the youngest operator of a McDonald’s franchise in Scotland after taking over the fast food restaurant’s Nairn branch.

“We wish you and the family all the very best, Nairn is a great MaccieD’s, staff are excellent, coffee is ALWAYS better than Elgin, likewise breakfast.” – Simon, Rafford

Developers should contribute more

To Charles Bannerman, you published a great article recently around the increase in housing in Inverness (‘Tell us what will happen if all these houses are built’, Courier, 3/6/22) and touched on the transport infrastructure that should go along with this.

I do not oppose new houses, I think it is good for Inverness. The new houses will bring more diversity and essentially make Inverness a more cosmopolitan place to live. However, these developers don’t seem to contribute to the wider society.

The council planning, or whoever decides to sign off these developments, don’t seem to request any additional provision. For example, primary and secondary schools, health centres and sports/leisure facilities.

When Sainsbury’s requested a new supermarket in Nairn, the local council requested traffic light/management through the length and breadth of the town.

When Tesco requested a store on Nairn Road 24 years ago, they had to build a footpath/walkway to Culloden. And the local authority in Shetland has ensured oil and gas companies have built golf courses and leisure centres.

Why don’t the Highland Council planning department request 10-15 per cent of any development be ring-fenced for local amenities?

So it doesn’t matter if it’s a small, local developer building half a dozen houses, or one of the big companies building 600 houses, they all contribute to the pot?

Culloden Academy has a capacity of around 800 students but currently has over 1200 students.

Request an appointment at Culloden Medical Practice and expect a lengthy wait. And to take the kids swimming where they can use the flumes and the wave machine, it’s an eight-mile drive to the other side of the city.

As you mentioned in your article, these new houses will have adults and children residing in them. People who need health, leisure and educational facilities.

Barry Holmes


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